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M.P.A.=
Multicultural Psychology Association Constitutio=
n
(revised November, 1=
994)
 
 
 
ARTICLE I
 
Nam=
e And Purpose
 
Sect=
ion 1  Name. =
The name of this organization shall be the 
Multicultural Psychology Association of California State University, Northridge, 
herein after referr=
ed to as the association.
 
Section 2  Purpose. The purpose of the association shall be: 
 
        A. To consistently inspire students from underrepresented ethnic
communities and oth=
er interested students to enter and make contributions into the
various professiona=
l fields of psychology and other related career areas.
        
        B. To create a family atmosphere among members that will join
hands in various outreach programs in the community an=
d unite to support fellow cultural
associations and clubs on campus. 
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p;
        C. To teach strong leadership skills through the association's Organizatio=
nal structure and
  &n=
bsp;        strong work ethic. 
 
<= pre>        D. To make a positive impact on the entire campus community through the as= sociation's
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nbsp;       professional and educational priorities. 
 
 
ARTICLE II
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Membership
 
Section 1  Membership. In order to guarantee equal human rights for the
student body of CSU=
N, equal opportunities shall be afforded &=
nbsp; all students without regard to race, 
color, religion, cr=
eed, gender, pregnancy, marital affiliation, sexual or affectional orientation, 
age, ethnic origin, citizenship, nationa=
lity, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. 
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sp;
1.1    The membership of the association shall be comprised of all s=
tudents and alumni who are willing to 
  =
 support and accept the constitution of the association=
, and who are willing to pay the required 
  =
 membership dues.
        
1.2    Any person duly registered at CSUN in good standing with acco=
unting and register office, and 
  =
  fulfilling the membership requirements of organization=
 may be a member. 
 
Section 2 Classification. Honorary members shall be co=
mprised of all former Executive Board members. 
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Section 3 Privileges. Members shall enjoy the privilege to vote =
at
association general=
 body meetings, hold office, serve on committees, receive the association's=
newsletter and othe=
r publications, receive discounts at various association functions, and 
participate in and =
benefit from any of the association's activities. Voting privileges are 
restricted to CSUN =
student members only. 
 
 
ARTICLE III
 
Officers an=
d Qualifications, Terms of Office, Duties
 
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Section 1  Officers. The officers of the association shall be the President, Internal Vice-P=
resident,
   &nbs=
p;      &n=
bsp;External Vice- president, Executive Recording Secretary, General=
 Recording Secretary, 
 &nb=
sp;         Finance Dir=
ector, Membership Director, Public Relations Director, Activities Director,=
 
     =
      Marketing Director, Banquet Director, Community Service Direc=
tor, and Historian. Officer 
           status is restricted to CSUN student members only. 
 
Section 2  Qualification=
s. In order to qualify for and hold office in the association, and individual must: 
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p;
A. Be in good academic standing (G.P.A. 2.0 ev=
ery semester); 
 
B. Be a paid member two months prior to elections;
 
C. Acquire knowledge and a thorough understanding of the constit=
ution, and standing rules of the association; 
 
D. Be willing to perform those duties as stated in thi=
s constitution for the position sought; 
 
E. Presidency must be filled by a member who has served at least=
 one academic year on the Executive Board. 
 
Section 3  Term o=
f Office. Each officer shall hold office for a term of one year, to begin d=
uring May, and shall
  =
;         hold office until a successor is elected and qualified=
; or until the officer resigns, is removed,
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span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'> or is otherwise disqualified. 
 
Section 4  Duties=
. The duties of the officers shall be:
 
        4.1.0 President.  To develop a working knowledge =
of Parliamentary procedures and a thorough understanding of   
           this constitution and any other standing rules of orde=
r which the association may adopt; 
 
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style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'>        4.1.1 To preside at meetings of the association and act as chairperson of =
the Executive Board; 
 
        4.1.2 To exercise executive authority on behalf of the associations' const=
itution; 
 
        4.1.3 To countersign all checks and requisitions for Disbursements from th=
e associations' treasury. 
 
        4.2.0 Internal Vice-President. To perform all the duties of the President =
in his/her absence or disability; 
 
        4.2.1 To act as an advisor over the following committees' directors: 
 
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nbsp;      -Membership
        &=
nbsp;      -Activities
                -Banquet
        &=
nbsp;      -Historian
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        4.2.2 To act as a representative of the association as Instructed by the P=
resident. 
 
 
        4.3.0 External Vice-President. To perform all the duties of the President = in the absence or disability
&n=
bsp;          of the President and the Internal Vice-President. 
 
        4.3.1 To act as an advisor over the following committees' directors: 
 
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nbsp;      -Public Relations
        &=
nbsp;      -Marketing
        &=
nbsp;      -Community Service
        &=
nbsp;      -Finance
 
        4.3.2 To act as a representative of the association as directed by the Pre=
sident. 
 
        4.4.0 Executive Recording Secretary. To inform each member of the Executiv=
e Board when a special meeting 
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           for the Executive Board is being held; 
 
        4.4.1 To keep accurate records of the proceedings of the Executive Board m=
eetings and record the same 
&nb=
sp;          in a minute book. 
 
        4.5.0 General Recording Secretary. To send out notices of special meetings= of the association;
 
        4.5.1 To keep accurate records of the proceedings of the general associati=
on meetings and record the same
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           in a minute book; 
 
        4.5.2 To submit reports to the association whenever required by the genera= l body covering the status and
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nbsp;          activities of the association. 
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        4.6.0 Finance Director. To act as chief financial officer of the associati=
on; 
 
        4.6.1 To prepare financial reports for the use of the Executive Board and =
the association periodically or
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           as instructed by the President; 
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        4.6.2 To take all moneys of the association and deposit the same in the na=
me of the association at an 
&nb=
sp;          agreed upon bank; 
 
        4.6.3 To make authorized disbursements upon requisition signed by the Pres= ident or, in the absence of the
=
           President by the Internal or External Vi=
ce-President; 
 
        4.6.4 To direct the association's corporate fundraising efforts. 
 
        4.7.0 Membership Director. To keep records of all association members and =
their fees; 
 
        4.7.1 To give receipts for all membership fees received and to transmit th=
ose monies to an appropriate 
&n=
bsp;          executive for deposit into the association's treasury.=
 
 
        4.7.2 To be in charge of the election meeting:
 =
1. Keep a record of all candidates interested =
in running for Executive Board officers
  &nb=
sp;        
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/span>2. Compose and distribute all ballots.
 
        4.8.0 Public Relations Director. To schedule events that will best assist =
the membership in its 
 &nb=
sp;         professional development; 
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        4.8.1 To enhance the membership's intellectual competence and broaden its =
scope and understanding of the
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nbsp;          psychology profession as a whole; 
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p;
        4.8.2 To direct and organize panels discussing the association's mission a=
nd current events. 
 
        4.9.0 Activities Director. To direct, supervise, and help arrange all soci=
al activities for the association. 
 
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style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'>        4.10.0 Marketing Director. To keep the public informed of all events spons=
ored by the association. 
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          This is =
to be done through various school and association papers, banners, flyers, =
calendars, and bulletin 
 &=
nbsp;         boards. All means are subject to the approval of the P=
resident or External Vice-President. 
 
        4.11.0 Banquet Director. To direct, supervise, and help arrange all activi= ties for the annual banquet of the
           association, to be held in the spring semester followi=
ng elections. 
 
        4.12.0 Community Service Director. To coordinate and direct activities of the association to the=
 community. 
 
        4.12.1 To enhance the membership's perspectives on the vital needs of the =
surrounding community.
        
        4.13.0 Historian. To keep historical records of selected programs in the form o=
f reports. 
 
        4.13.1 To keep photographical history in an album to promote the associati=
on's past events and efforts 
&n=
bsp;          to prospective members. 
 
        4.14.0 CSUN Faculty or Staff Advisor(s).&=
nbsp; To act as liaison between the department faculty and associat=
ion members. 
 
        4.14.1 The Executive Board by majority vote can elect a new
advisor(s) or maint=
ain present advisor(s). The faculty or staff advisor(s) cannot vote on asso=
ciation's elections
  =
      &nbs=
p;  or on association issues. 
 
 
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bsp;
ARTICLE IV
 
Elect=
ions and Vacancies
 
Section 1  Elections. All officers shall be elected by majority vote equaling 50% +1 of the =
membership at an election meeting, to &nbs=
p;
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be held no later than April of each year. 
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        1.1 Elections shall be called for and conducted by the Membership Director=
 who shall be disqualified from the 
           performance of this duty in the event that he/she is a=
 candidate for office. 
 
        1.2 Individuals who are members of the membership committee and who are se=
eking office shall disqualify themselves from 
          =
 service on the committee until the election has been c=
onducted and the votes tabulated. 
 
        1.3 Voting during the election shall be conducted by secret ballot. 
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        1.4 In the case of a member who cannot be present at the election meeting,=
 an absentee vote can be cast. The manner 
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p;in which the absentee ballot is cast is subject to the=
 approval of the Executive Board and shall be instituted by 
       &nbs=
p;   the Membership Director.  Measures shall be taken to protect anonymity and ensure in=
tegrity of absentee ballot voting. 
 
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style=3D'mso-tab-count:1'>        1.5 Ballots shall be counted under the supervision of the association's ad=
visor(s). 
 
        1.6 Nominations are to be submitted to the Executive Board by current memb=
ers of the association no later than two weeks  
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nbsp;        prior to elections.&n=
bsp; The names of the various candidates for office shall be announc=
ed and clearly posted in a public 
           place prior to elections.
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Section 2  Special Elections. Shall be called by the President to fill vacancies in an offic=
e, in the event that there are multiple &n=
bsp;
 =
candidates for the position.
        
        2.1 Special elections shall be conducted by the Membership Director, or in=
 the event of a vacancy in this office, a =
 
   =
        designator of the President. 
 
        2.2 In the event that a candidate for a vacant position is uncontested, th=
e candidate shall be assigned by general 
           =
;consensus of the Executive Board. 
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p;
Section 3  Vacancies. Vacancies in an office shall occur by reason of resignation, removal, =
or disqualification. 
 
        3.1 Vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the special elections pro=
visions in Section 2 above. 
 
        3.2 The qualifications for holding a vacant office shall be as stated in A=
rticle III, Section 2. 
 
        3.3 Members elected to fill a vacant office shall serve the remaining term=
 of office only. 
 
Section 4  Run-of=
f Elections. In the case of a run-off, the Executive Board shall vote to fi=
nalize all officer positions for the  =
;            
    &n=
bsp;      following year. 
 
Section 5  Recall= Elections. A petition of 2/3 of the total number of
members shall be ca=
use for a recall election. The offense &nb=
sp; must be in writing and submitted by a member. 
A recall election shall be held at the next ge=
neral body meeting after presentation of the recall petition and 
shall be conducted =
as a social election. Recall will require a favorable vote of two-thirds of=
 the total voting membership. 
 
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nbsp;
 
ARTICLE V
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Executive Board
 
Section 1  Executive Board. The association shall retain an Executive Board comprised of the= officers of the association.
 
        1.1 The Executive Board shall hold meetings as scheduled by the President =
and shall serve as a planning body for the   
  =
;     &nbs=
p;  association. 
 
        1.2 The Executive Board shall exercise those powers as may be granted by t=
his constitution and by the membership of the    
&n=
bsp;         association. 
 
 
ARTICLE VI
 
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Standing Committees
 
Section 1  Standing Committees. The standing committees of the association shall be:  
 
        &= nbsp;      A. Membership
        &=
nbsp;      B. Public Relations
        &=
nbsp;      C. Activities
        &=
nbsp;      D. Marketing
        &=
nbsp;      E. Banquet
        &=
nbsp;      F. Community Services
=
        &=
nbsp;      G. Finance
        &=
nbsp;      H. Historical
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sp;
        1.1 Each standing committee shall be chaired by a director who shall also =
be an officer of the association. 
 
        1.2 The membership of each standing committee shall be comprised of associ=
ation members who volunteer to serve thereon. 
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        1.3 Meeting schedules and rules of order for each standing committee shall=
 be determined by majority vote of the &nb=
sp; 
  &nb=
sp;         committee. 
 
        1.4 Activities, proposals, program, and ideas generated within
each standing commit=
tee shall be advisory to the association membership and shall be considered=
 only after they
have been reviewed b=
y the Executive Board. 
 
 
 
ARTICLE VII
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Meetings
 
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Section 1  General Body Meetings. General Body Meetings of the association shall be held eve=
ry 2 weeks during the academic  
     =
;      year, or as deemed necessary by the Executive Board. T=
he time, date, and place of regular meetings shall be  
 =
          determined by the Executive Board. 
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sp;
Section 2  Special General Body Meetings. Special Meetings may be called by the President or=
 by petition containing the 
&nb=
sp;          signatures of 2/3 of the membership of the association=
.  
 
        2.1 Special Meetings called by the petition process shall be called within=
 five (5) working (school) days after the =
 
   =
        required signatures have been secured and presented to=
 the President. 
 
Section 3  Executive Board Meetings. Executive Board meetings shall be called by the Preside=
nt at least twice each month 
&n=
bsp;          during the academic year. 
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Section 4  Special Executive Board Meetings. Upon receipt of a petition containing the signa=
tures of a majority of the 
&nbs=
p;          members of the Executive Board, the President shall ca=
ll a special meeting of the Executive Board. Said meeting
        &=
nbsp;  is to be conducted within seven (7) days of receipt of=
 the petition. 
 
Section 5  Standing Committee Meetings. Each standing committee shall meet according to the =
schedule as determined in ARTICLE VI, 
           Section 1.3. 
 
 
Section 6  Quorum=
. Quorum for executive and special executive meetings shall be 45% or more =
of Executive Board members. 
 
        6.1 Quorum for general body and special general body meetings shall be 25%=
 or more of student members. 
 
Section=
 7  Parliamentary=
 Procedure. Rules of procedure for this organization shall be Robert=
's Rules of Order. 
 
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ARTICLE VIII
 
Expulsion, Suspension, and Removal
 
Section 1  Expulsion, Suspension, and Removal. Any member or officer of the association may =
be expelled, suspended, or removed 
           from office when it is determined that that member or =
officer has failed to uphold the purposes of the association and/or
      &nb= sp;    has failed to perform the duties of his/her office as = stated herein, and/or has engaged in such other activities or
       &n=
bsp;   behaviors that would in any way damage the good name o=
f the association. 
 
Section 2  Procedures. All acts of expulsion, sus=
pension, and/or removal shall be based upon the filing of a written 
<= pre style=3D'margin-left:63.0pt'>complaint signed by= a minimum of five members of the association. Such complaints must be spec= ifically state the name of
the member who is t=
he subject of the complaint; the alleged act; pertinent dates, times, place=
s, and other information 
which support the a=
llegation(s) contained in the complaint; and shall state the specific actio=
n requested (i.e., expulsion,
suspension, or remo=
val). 
 
        2.1.0 Complaints shall be filed with the President unless this
individual is the s=
ubject of the complaint; in which event the Internal Vice-President shall r=
eceive the complaint. If the
Internal Vice-President is unavailable to rece=
ive the complaint, it shall be filed with the Executive Record=
ing Secretary. 
A copy of all complaints shall also be filed w=
ith the association's advisor(s). 
 
        2.2.0 The President shall announce the filing of any complaint at the next=
 General Body Meeting and shall make a copy of the 
         =
; complaint available for inspection by any member desir=
ing to view the same. 
 
        2.3.0 Within fifteen (15) days following receipt of a complaint, the Execu=
tive Board shall conduct a hearing and render a  
  =
        decision. 
 
        2.3.1 The Executive Board shall determine the validity of all
complaints and shal=
l determine the appropriate action to be taken thereupon. Such determinatio=
n shall be made by a 2/3
vote of the Executi=
ve Board. The voting is to occur by secret ballot. 
 
 
        2.3.2 All decisions arrived at by the Executive Board shall be final and s=
hall be announced to the association at the next
          regularly scheduled General Body Meeting. 
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Section 3  Hearing. Any officer or member who is the subject of a complaint shall be afforde=
d a hearing during which time he/she 
          shall be allowed to respond to the allegations and oth=
er materials embodied within the complaint. 
 
        3.1.0 A copy of the submitted complaint must be made available to the subj=
ect of the complaint prior to the scheduling of a 
         &n=
bsp;hearing. 
 
        3.2.0 The Executive Board shall arrange for and schedule a hearing which s=
hall be conducted between the fifth and tenth  
  &n=
bsp;       day following the filing of the complaint. 
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        3.3.0 The officer or member who is the subject of the complaint shall be e=
ntitled to be represented by another member
          of the association during the hearing. No other repres=
entation shall be allowed. 
 
        3.4.0 At the request of the officer or member who is the subject of the co=
mplaint, the hearing shall be open to other
          members of the association. 
 
 
 
ARTICL=
E IX
 
Finances
 
Section 1  Dues. =
All members of the association shall be required to pay dues annually or ev=
ery six months. The specific amount of 
      &nb=
sp;   dues shall be determined by the Executive Board. 
 
Section 2  Collection of Dues. Membership dues shall be collected by the Membership Director=
 who shall transmit these funds to the 
          =
Finance Director for deposit. 
 
Section 3  Use of=
 Funds. The Executive Board shall determine how collected dues shall be exp=
ended in furtherance of the 
&nb=
sp;         purposes of the association. 
 
Section 4  Fiscal=
 Operating Year. Fiscal operating year begins and ends in Mid-June. 
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ARTICLE X
 
Parliamentary =
Authority
 
Section 1  Amendments to the Constitution. Amendments to this constitution may be proposed b=
y any member of the  
      &nbs= p;    association.
 
Se=
ction 2  Submission. All proposed amendments shall be submitted to the General Recording S=
ecretary in writing who shall notify  =
;
     &nb=
sp;     the Executive Board of the receipt of the same. 
=
 
Section 3  Presentation<=
/span>. After notice has been provided to the Executive Board, the General =
Recording Secretary shall 
 =
;          present the proposed amendment for consideration at th=
e next general body meeting. 
 
Section=
 4  Passage. Approval by 2/3 of the voting members present at a general body meeting =
shall pass a proposed change. The 
           change shall be put into effect immediately unless oth=
erwise stipulated in the amendment. 
 
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Section 5  Filing=
. A copy of any alteration to this document must be filed in the Campus Act=
ivities Office at CSUN. 
 
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ARTICLE XI
 
Ratificati=
on and Enactment
 
This constitution shall become the official go=
verning document of the organization, upon ratification by a 2/3 majority v=
ote 
of the membership, =
and approval and acceptance by the Office of Campus Activities and the Asso=
ciated Students, Inc.